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British Labour Party Leader Loses No Confidence Vote

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In the latest example of the political backlash growing out of last week’s Brexit vote, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, lost a no-confidence vote among Labour’s Members of Parliament, but he says he will not leave office even as his position seems to become more and more precarious: LONDON — Britain’s […]

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again

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After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Brexit Vote Setting Off Infighting In Britain’s Labour Party

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The outcome of the Brexit vote continues to reverberate throughout British politics. Already, of course, we’ve seen the outcome of the vote bring an abrupt and somewhat unexpected end to David Cameron’s time as Prime Minister, a move that could sweep pro-Brexit MP Boris Johnson into Downing Street. Now, there are signs that the vote […]

Info on the Panama Canal Expansion

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A nice set of inforgraphics:  Weekly Chart: Panama Canal Trade before and after the Expansion

When the NRA is Talking More Sense than Trump…

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Via the NY Post:  NRA says Trump’s Orlando comments ‘defy common sense’ Donald Trump’s suggestion that armed clubgoers could have prevented the worst mass shooting in modern US history “defies common sense,” according to the National Rifle Association — which is backing the tycoon for president but on Sunday had two of its top officials taking rare […]

Two Stunning Graphs about the State of the 2016 Campaign

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Via WaPo: The brutal numbers behind a very bad month for Donald Trump   Could Trump really believe that he can run a national campaign on rallies and free media via the news? And lest anyone think it is working, see the full piece which shows Trump’s current poll status in historical context.  Also note this: The […]

History Has its Eyes on You (Trump Edition)

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Timothy Egan in the NYT: A Week for All Time They will remember, a century from now, who stood up to the tyrant Donald Trump and who found it expedient to throw out the most basic American values — the “Vichy Republicans,” as the historian Ken Burns called them in his Stanford commencement speech. The shrug from […]

An Accurate Description of Trump/the State of the GOP

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Matthew Continetti on the Trump: It’s a joke. All of it: his candidacy, the apparatus of propaganda and grift surrounding it, the failures of governance and education and culture that have brought us to this place. What disturbs me most is the prospect that Donald Trump is what a very large number of Republican voters want: not a wonk, […]

SBC also Passed Resolution on Refugees

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I meant to note this yesterday along with the battle flag resolution via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention urges churches to welcome refugees In the midst of a political season in which political leaders have frequently decried refugees as a security threat to the United States, the nation’s second-largest religious group sent a different message about refugees […]

Another GOP Defection

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Via Politico:  Exclusive: Armitage to back Clinton over Trump Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their party’s presumptive nominee. Armitage, a retired Navy officer who […]

Southern Baptists Vote to Condemn Confederate Battle Flag

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Via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention votes to condemn Confederate battle flag The Southern Baptist Convention, once founded as a pro-slavery denomination that aligned itself with the Confederacy, voted Tuesday to condemn the Civil War battle flag of the South. “It’s not often that I find myself wiping away tears in a denominational meeting, but I just […]

George Voinovich, Ohio Governor And Senator, Dies At 79

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George Voinovich, who had a long political career as both a Senator and Governor in Ohio, has died at the age of 79: George Voinovich, a former U.S. senator and two-term Ohio governor who preached frugality in his personal and public life and occasionally bucked the Republican establishment, died June 12 at his home in […]

Trump and Utah

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Via WaPo:  This new Utah poll is amazingly bad for Donald Trump No state voted more heavily for the GOP presidential nominee in 2012 than Utah. And in 2008, it was the third-most Republican state in the union. A new poll shows that Donald Trump is tied with Hillary Clinton in Utah. We’re not quite saying, of course, […]

Oscar Pistorius Gets Double Jeopardy

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Sprinter Oscar Pistorius served only one year in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Now, he’s facing fifteen years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same case.

`Murica 1 Canada 0

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A Bald Eagle took a trip to Canada recently to send a message: He got his goose. The Vancouver Island Images Facebook page describes itself as “a place to explore and learn about this beautiful area.” However, a bald eagle recently turned that beautiful area into a brutal-full arena when it absolutely crushed the spirit […]

Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Dead At 88

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Gordie Howe, long-time player for the Detroit Red Wings and a legend in the National Hockey League, has died at the age of 88: Gordie Howe, one of the greatest and most durable players in the history of hockey, who powered his Detroit Red Wings teams to four Stanley Cup championships and was 52 years […]

Today in “Unclear on the Concept”

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The subject in question is prison with the persons who are unclear being the Bundys (via TPM):  Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms Ryan Bundy wrote in the document that “my rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. […]

Plagiarism Plague in Russia

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Via Slate:  The Craziest Black Market in Russia.  Apparently, a lot of Russians are paying for dissertations: In the past few years alone, there have been credible allegations of dissertation plagiarism made against Russia’s minister of culture, the governor of St. Petersburg, and the head of the country’s top federal investigating authority. Just in the past […]

Dr. Heimlich Uses Heimlich Maneuver For First Time, Saves Life

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The doctor credited with creating the maneuver that has been used to save countless choking victims finally had a chance to use the maneuver he created in an emergency situation, at the age of 96: When he heard that a resident was choking, Perry Gaines, maître d’ for the Deupree House dining room, ran toward […]

Bubba Smith Is Latest Former N.F.L. Player Diagnosed To Have Had C.T.E.

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Bubba Smith, the former N.F.L. star who went on to have a successful career as an actor, is the latest former pro football player to be diagnosed as having a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated concussions: Bubba Smith, the All-Pro defensive end in the N.F.L. who went on to a second career as a […]

Hillary Clinton And Bernie Sanders Walk Into A Bar…..

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Last night’s Saturday Night Live cold open was most likely the last time we’ll see Larry David as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders but, along with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, it was one of the best of the season: Very well done guys, although the first skit remains my personal favorite:

Twitter War between Head of OAS and President of Venezuela

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This is amazing, amusing, and very Twenty-First Century, via the BBC:  Venezuela Maduro OAS: Latin American ‘traitor’ row escalates The head of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, has accused the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of being “a traitor”. In a series of Twitter posts addressed directly to Mr Maduro, Mr Almagro also […]

Donald Trump Just 77 Delegates Away From Officially Clinching Republican Nomination

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To the surprise of nobody, Donald Trump easily won the Republican primary in Oregon last night, putting him 77 delegates away from clinching the Republican nomination for President: Donald Trump has won the Oregon GOP Primary, according to the Associated Press. Although all of Trump’s GOP opponents have been vanquished, he has yet to cross […]

John McCain In Trouble in Arizona?

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John McCain seems to be headed for the toughest re-election fight of his political career: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing a tough reelection bid while fighting unfavorable ratings,according to a new poll. The survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Tuesday found that McCain leads the Republican primary field with 39 percent, […]

Bill Backer, Creator Of ‘I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke’ Ad, Dies At 89

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Bill Backer, the man behind the creation of the most famous commercials of the 1970s if not all time, has died at the age of 89: Bill Backer, a lapsed lyricist whose classic 1971 commercial taught a fractious world of potential Coca-Cola consumers to sing in perfect harmony and was featured in the finale of […]

Nomination Fight for the Libertarians?

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Via WaPo:  Libertarian Party faces a nomination fight in a #NeverTrump world Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico and 2012 Libertarian Party nominee for president, may have found his moment. The Democratic and Republican parties are set to nominate deeply unpopular candidates. His Libertarian Party has seen enrollment surge all year, with more than […]

From the “You can’t Make this Stuff up” File (Trump’s ex-Butler edition)

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Via the BBC:  Donald Trump’s ex-butler calls for Obama to be killed Anthony Senecal wrote in a Facebook post that Mr Obama “should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term”. Mr Senecal worked for Mr Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, for nearly 30 […]

Rush Limbaugh Explains Trump’s Praise of Clintons

Four years ago, Trump lavished praise on Hillary. Brilliant!

Sarah Palin Targets Paul Ryan Over Refusal To Endorse Donald Trump

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Sarah Palin, who was among the early endorsers of Donald Trump, is now saying that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan must be defeated because of his unwillingness to immediately jump on the Donald Trump bandwagon: Sarah Palin will work to defeat House Speaker Paul Ryan by backing his primary opponent in Wisconsin, the former […]

Moore Suspended, Faces Removal from Office

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Via AL.com: Roy Moore suspended from office: Alabama chief justice faces removal over gay marriage stance For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office. Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with […]

Bill Kristol Trying to Recruit Mitt Romney for Independent Run

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Bill Kristol is continuing the #NeverTrump fight to its logical next step, trying to find a more mainstream Republican to run as an independent in the fall.

Jeb Bush Won’t Support Trump or Clinton

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Former Florida governor and erstwhile 2016 presidential contender Jeb Bush becomes the third member of the family to publicly announce he won’t support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November, joining the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States. I congratulate Donald Trump on securing his place as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee. There […]

Bush 41, 43 Won’t Be Endorsing Trump

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The only two living Republican former Presidents have no plan to endorse Donald Trump: For the first time since his own presidency, George H.W. Bush is planning to stay silent in the race for the Oval Office — and the younger former president Bush plans to stay silent as well. Bush 41, who enthusiastically endorsed […]

Same Sex Marriage in Colombia

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Via the BBC: Colombia legalises gay marriage Colombia’s top court has legalised same-sex marriage, making the country the fourth in Latin America to do so. Civil unions had previous been legal. The rest of the region:   Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay have previously legalised same-sex marriage. […] In Mexico, gay marriage is legal in the capital […]

Boehner on Cruz

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Via The Stanford Daily:  John Boehner talks election, time in office When specifically asked his opinions on Ted Cruz, Boehner made a face, drawing laughter from the crowd. “Lucifer in the flesh,” the former speaker said. “I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a […]

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to fifteen months in Federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges related to an effort to cover-up decades old incidents of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a High School wrestling coach: CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. […]

Ron Beasley, Long Time Blogger And OTB Commenter, Dies At 69

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I woke this morning to the sad news that Ron Beasley, a long time blogger who was also a frequent visitor to the comment threads here at Outside The Beltway, had passed away at the age of 69. The news came via a post on Ron’s Facebook page from his sister: It is with a […]

Brazil’s President Impeached

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With just a few months to go before the nation takes center stage, Brazil’s President is now facing impeachment: BRASÍLIA — Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president, whose tenure has been buffeted by a dizzying corruption scandal, a shrinking economy and spreading disillusionment. After […]

Money Never Sleeps?

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It looks like some of the big GOP bucks may be taking a bit of a snooze, via Politico:  Sheldon Adelson and top GOP donors retreat to the sidelines While some in the room spoke in favor of Cruz, others expressed reservations about his prospects in the general election. Trump, meanwhile, had little support: Not […]

Partisanship and Race

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Here is another column (American Anger: It’s Not the Economy. It’s the Other Party) in the long list of trying to figure out what is going on in American politics these days.  The thesis is that the problem is partisan sorting and that that sorting strongly correlates to view on race: The increasing alignment between party […]

Talking Heads, Troy University Style (Elections Edition)

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Some election chit-chat from campus television:  

Sarah Palin’s Latest Speech For Donald Trump Must Be Heard To Be Believed

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Sarah Palin was in Wisconsin campaigning for Donald Trump and gave a speech in which she seemingly hit new lows when it comes to incoherence: The entire speech, which you can watch in its entirety above, ran 18 minutes. Palin got applause three times: 1. When she was introduced 2. When she mentioned Hillary Clinton […]

Hillary Clinton Raises $29. 5 Million In March

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Hillary Clinton fell short of the $44 million that Bernie Sanders raised in March, but still managed to do pretty well herself: Hillary Clinton raised $29.5 million in March, her campaign reported Monday, claiming victory despite coming in far below Bernie Sanders’ monthly haul of $44 million. The campaign said it began April with $29 […]

Delayed – OTB Caption Contest Winners

A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tries to pump up the crowd before a rally on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Chicago. The rally was canceled. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Delayed “J” Is For Jumparound Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Bernie Sanders Raises $44 Million In March

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Bernie Sanders isn’t going to be the Democratic nominee for President, but that isn’t stopping him from raising impressive amounts of money: Bernie Sanders broke his monthly fundraising record in March, pulling in more than $44 million, his campaign announced Friday following the midnight filing deadline with the Federal Election Commission. “What this campaign is […]

Comedian Garry Shandling Dead At 66

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Garry Shandling, a comedian who starred in two ground-breaking comedy series, died suddenly yesterday at the age of 66: Garry Shandling, a comedian who deftly walked a tightrope between comic fiction and show-business reality on two critically praised cable shows, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66. A spokesman for the Los Angeles […]

Joe Garagiola, Former Baseball Player And Broadcaster, Dead At 90

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Joe Garagiola, a former baseball player who achieved more fame in front of the television camera than on the baseball diamond, died yesterday the age of 90: Joe Garagiola, who spent nine forgettable seasons in the major leagues as a weak-hitting catcher and then parlayed his witty tales of life as a baseball underachiever into […]

Hamilton on SCOTUS Nominations

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Worth a read over at the Monkey Cage:  Here’s what Alexander Hamilton can teach senators about Supreme Court nominations. Take a dive into The Federalist Papers.

Sharron Angle Is Running For Senate Again

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Sharron Angle, who by all accounts blew what could have been an historic Republican Senate pickup in 2010 when she lost to then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in what was otherwise a Republican wave year, is running for Reid’s seat yet again: Sharron Angle, a controversial Tea Party Republican who upset the 2010 Nevada […]

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